From left to right: Reading materials, Grow a Game, Grapes, Laptop, Wacom tablette, laptop cleaners, pens, makers, pencils, dice, pencil case, scissors, sketchbooks, dongles, surge protector, ipod shuffle, index cards
At a recent workshop that I gave for a bunch of teenagers, I was asked "what does a designer have in their bookbag?" by one of the participants. At first I thought it was a funny question and thought - obviously... metrocards, wallet etc. But after a little bit of discussion, I dumped out my bookbag and watched the teens dissect my stuff.
The first things that they grabbed for (in order) were: my sketchbooks, my Wacom, my laptop, my books.
Although this was a casual interaction , it got me to thinking about a few things:
I am not just Jess, I am "Jess the Designer"
Tools are personal
Everyone is intrigued by gadgets, but tools are personal. I found it intriguing that these teens who are passionate about technology first grabbed for my sketchbooks. They knew what they were going to find in there, my scribbles- plain ordinary books but they went for it. I think that like me, they crave something tangible. I like having accessible tools- since I design with community members and for participation, I try to have with me things that anyone can just pick up and use- that's why I have index cards, hello kitty markers, dice and paper. The teens asked me if everyone uses macs, or androids (my phone- not pictured) and I told them that it was just what I used. I've talked about this before, but I am pretty agnostic about my tools: I use Adobe Photoshop and Aviary, I use a little of everything- and I like it that way.
Showing your bag is an extension of showing your process
What do YOU have in your bag? How do you share your process with your community?